Published on March 26, 2019

Bone Health Efforts Recognized

For the second year in a row, MaineGeneral Orthopaedics has been recognized by the American Orthopaedic Association as a Star Performer in its Own the Bone Program.

Own the Bone is an evidence-based program to prevent fractures in people who have osteoporosis, a common condition of weakened, thinned bones that gets worse as individuals age.

MaineGeneral Orthopaedics has dedicated medical staff in its Fracture Liaison Program who work with patients to identify osteoporosis and prevent future falls.

An estimated 10 million adults have osteoporosis. One in two women, and one in four men, will break a bone in their lifetime. Most people with osteoporosis often don’t know they have the condition until they break a bone.

Taking steps to address bone loss is very important to protect against fractures that result from falls.

MaineGeneral’s fracture prevention program includes three medical staff members to coordinate care for patients who have experienced a fragility fracture. Patients receive an evaluation, diagnosis and individualized treatment.

Everyone can take simple actions to promote their bone health. The American Orthopaedic Association advises adults to:

  • Get enough calcium and vitamin D
  • Use weight-bearing exercises to build muscle
  • Not smoke
  • Limit alcohol use

The MaineGeneral Fracture Liaison Program is offered in Oakland and Augusta.

Learn more by calling MaineGeneral Orthopaedics at 621-8700 or by viewing this page.